Laura Geitz
Laura Geitz Netball Queensland

Firebirds learn from loss and 'don't look back'

WE have lost our first game for the season and while we have been cautiously riding on a high, there's nothing like a come-down; to lose by one point makes it that much tougher.

For our more seasoned team members, we know what we need to do to get ourselves back on track.

We've been there before, and while we would all prefer to be premiers, a lot can be learnt from a loss.

For some of our new players it is tough and a good learning curve.

We stand back now and we review our actions without emotion and as our coach, Roselee Jencke says, factually and critically.

Sports psychology is a huge business. I recall Lleyton Hewitt's coach, Tony Roche (a tennis legend in his own right), talking of the importance of mindset; that struggle to let the point you just lost go and look ahead to the next.

So much easier to say than to do. We now look ahead to our next game against the Fever.

Our coach said she doesn't take notice of history; the fact we've beaten the Fever twice last year has no bearing on this Sunday's match.

We are going in to win, going in like we've never met them before and it will be a tough match.

This Sunday is my 100th national league game, which is made up of 71 ANZ Championship games and 28 Commonwealth Bank Trophy matches.

It has been a great ride and I'm looking forward to more.

Plus, on Sunday, watch out because it will be the battle of the goal shooters: our very own Romelda is at the top of the ladder in goals 227/goal attempts 255 (89.0%), rebounds 20, with West Coast Fever's Caitlin Bassett in second place with 221 goals/ 252 attempts (87.7%), rebounds 18.

We are now three on the ANZ Championship ladder, West Coast Fever is placed fifth on the ladder.

If you can join us on Sunday from 12.10pm at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, we would love it.

Wear your purple. We heard every cheer and roar last weekend.

If you can't get there, follow us on Fox 2 or SBS 2 Live, or on Twitter and Facebook. I hope I am talking about a win next week. Go Queenslander!



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